Benito Lubazibwa is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of ReMix Ideas, LLC. Benito grew up in Tanzania, in the region of Kagera, close to Mwanza where Wesley College is located. An alumnus of Central Arkansas University, he now resides in Little Rock. In early 2019, Benito founded Remix Ideas, with the mission to remove barriers Black entrepreneurs face in accessing knowledge, capital, opportunities and resources -- to start, grow and scale their businesses.
Benito is also the Founder of Africa Day Fest, a community festival showcasing African culture and art and Little Rock Night Market, a family friendly event that provides a platform for startups, artists, and entrepreneurs to showcase and test their ideas/products. Also, in June 2020, Benito launched Shop Black Live (SBL), a weekly show and online marketplace showcasing and selling Black-owned products.
Benito is an advocate for upward economic mobility and intergenerational wealth through entrepreneurship. He was recently honored for his efforts by the Center on Community Philanthropy at the Clinton School of Public Service with the 2020 Advancing Equity Award and honored by the Arkansas Democratic Black Caucus with the 2020 Calvin King Economic Development Award.
Why does Benito serve Wesley College? He believes that education is the key to transform lives and communities. He says, “In Africa, we say if you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” Benito wants to be part of the solution, to help young people in Tanzania change their lives through education.